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There are different theories about where the American Red Velvet Cake is originally from, ranging from the South (perhaps the time of the Civil War?) to a creation of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. No one seems to really know for sure!  What’s certain is that this cake feels special, and in fact,...
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Watermelon radish is a cool-looking vegetable that has a tiny tiny hint of radish taste… it’s a little bit sweet too. We peeled them, sliced them and ate ‘em.  Even my 10 year old liked them.  So if you see these gems, pick ‘em up and eat ‘em! You’re never too old or young to try new...
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Here’s how to make eggs that look painted, tie-dyed and speckled. 1) Hard boil eggs 2) Make little bowls of different colored egg dyes.  You can make natural egg dyes or use food coloring.  If you’re using food coloring, mix about a cup of water with a teaspoon of  vinegar and a few drops of food coloring. ...
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It’s very satisfying to make your own food coloring out of natural ingredients.  It’s also educational for children to see how people used to get color out of fruits and vegetables.  Not everything has to come pre-bottled from a factory! Since Valentine’s Day is coming soon, today I’ll explain how to make red and pink...
As an American I think it’s time for the US to consider a New Year’s Resolution: Basic portion control. Why do our fast food places have to supersize everything?  We subconsciously think it’s a good thing because it only costs a quarter more.  How about starting a new category called Sane-Size?  Maybe it will get people...
What a great idea: Edible Schoolyards, where children help create gardens and take part in a kitchen classroom. “Students participate in all aspects of growing, harvesting, and preparing nutritious, seasonal produce”. Perhaps this is part of the answer to instilling a love of healthy food in kids… get them involved in growing and making their...
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This week is a lesson in how creative food can look! Below is a photo of an edible version of Miro’s sculpture “Dona i ocell” (Lady and Bird) that’s in Barcelona, Spain. Monique in France saw this food sculpture at a holiday party. The second photo is of the actual sculpture in Barcelona. Check...
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I love reading about day-to-day life in the olden days! It’s fascinating how it was so different from the modern world. Project Gutenberg just posted a book to read online or download called Domestic Life in Virginia in the 17th Century. Presumably, it would be similar throughout the North American colonies at...
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Cabbage is a nice, inexpensive vegetable to buy in these difficult economic times. What’s more – it full of nutritious vitamins and antioxidants. It’s one of the cruciferous vegetables that’s been found to be so important for your health. This past weekend I made my mother’s recipe for Cole Slaw that I grew up...
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I’m trying to work out ways to dye icing that don’t involve food dye. Some of the dyes today are questionable health-wise, but also, I’d like my kids to see that you can do things the old-fashioned way. Looking back at old cookbooks, I keep noticing that they used a lot of cochineal...
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